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Jon Bartlett Ballad Singing a living tradition? (51* d) RE: Ballad Singing a living tradition? 29 Aug 09

The Ballad session at the Washington Getaway is one of the strongest attractions for us, travelling as we will be doing across the whole continent to get there. And the longer the ballad, the better!

I've just taken delivery, on behalf of the Vancouver Folk Song Society of which I am Archivist, of the Hales and Furnivall edition of the Percy Mss. (London, 1867), the foundation of Bishop Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, wherein one may find (and this from Vol 1 alone), "King Arthur and the King of Cornwall" (300 lines, c. 75 verses); "The Turke and Gowin" (337 lines, c. 86 verses); "The Lord of Learne" (436 lines, c. 109 verses); "Fflodden Feilde" (513 lines, c. 128 verses); and in rhyming couplets, "Sir Lambewell" (632 lines); "Eger and Grine", (1474 lines); and, to cap them all, "Merline" (2378 lines), which at a goodly rate would take 54 minutes to read, let alone sing.

The nights were certainly long, weren't they?

Jon Bartlett

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